Planning a wedding and want NEW music?! Having some old hits and throwbacks is always great, but what are some newer tracks that the younger crowd want to hear?
Popular music is funny in that there are some songs that top the charts particularly in wedding music lists for a year or so before people get sick of them, and others that go on to be forever-classics.
Whether you are looking for first dance music, slow jams, acoustic singer-songwriters, or something fresh and funky, this list of twenty-five wedding songs 2018 is what you are looking for:
Most couples who are getting married want music that means something to them. No matter what the time frame was during their formative years, most brides getting married today have a boy band in the history of their formative years.
BOY BAND BY DEFINITION – is a vocal group consisting of young male singers, usually in their teenage years or in their twenties at the time of formation.
Being put together as a true “vocal group” with a target audience of young girls and Top 40 radio play, most boy band members do not play musical instruments (or at least did not until being heckled into doing so later in life.) Most boy bands, however, focus on dancing as well as singing, usually giving highly choreographed performances.
BOY BAND LIST ORGANIZED BY DECADES
A good host not only tries to create a party that reflects their best interests, but is also one who thinks about the people around them; their guests. Before selecting any music for your wedding, you really need to think about who your guests are. That means you should ask yourself a few questions…
Do you have more 80s, 90s, or Y2K people attending your party? What old boy band selections may be wonderful and fantastic for all attending? Not sure which boy bands came when and which would be the best for your audience?
Here is a general chronological boy band breakdown by decades:
1960s –The Osmonds, The Jackson 5, The Beatles, and The Monkees 1970s and 1980s – Menudo, New Edition, and New Kids on the Block 1990s – Boyz II Men, Backstreet Boys, and ‘N Sync 2000s – Backstreet Boys, Westlife, Jonas Brothers, Super Junior and F4 2010s – NKOTBSB, Big Time Rush, One Direction, The Wanted, and the cheesy comebacks of 1990s-early 2000s “has-been” boy bands
TOP 150 BOY BAND SONG LIST OF ALL TIME
Most bubblegum boy bands are known for their beautiful love songs. They are also known during their peak for being awful and annoying. Never-the-less, most of these bubblegum tunes are the ones that stick with us (and haunt us as earworms) for the rest of our lives.
By the fall of 2013, here is a comprehensive look at the main radio hits of most of the boy bands to date….
112 – Cupid 112 – Only You-Bad Boy Remix 112 – Peaches & Cream 2gether – The Hardest Part About Breaking Up (Is Getting Back Your Stuff) 3T – Anything 98º – 98 Degrees – Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche) 98º – 98 Degrees – I Do (Cherish You) 98º – 98 Degrees – Invisible Man 98º – 98 Degrees – My Everything 98º – 98 Degrees – The Hardest Thing All 4 One – I Swear All-4-One – I Can Love You Like That Az Yet – Hard To Say I’m Sorry (featuring Peter Cetera) Az Yet – Last Night Backstreet Boys – All I Have To Give Backstreet Boys – As Long As You Love Me Backstreet Boys – Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) Backstreet Boys – I Want It That Way Backstreet Boys – I’ll Never Break Your Heart Backstreet Boys – If You Want To Be A Good Girl (Get Yourself A Bad Boy) Backstreet Boys – Larger Than Life Backstreet Boys – Quit Playing Games (With My Heart) Backstreet Boys – Shape Of My Heart Backstreet Boys – Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely Backstreet Boys – The Call Backstreet Boys – We’ve Got It Goin’ On Blackstreet – Before I Let You Go Blackstreet – Don’t Leave Me Blackstreet – No Diggity Boyz II Men – 4 Seasons Of Loneliness Boyz II Men – End Of The Road Boyz II Men – I’ll Make Love To You Boyz II Men – In The Still Of The Nite (I’ll Remember) Boyz II Men – It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday Boyz II Men – Motownphilly Boyz II Men – On Bended Knee Boyz II Men – Water Runs Dry Boyz II Men – Yesterday Crazy Town – Butterfly Dru Hill – How Deep Is Your Love Dru Hill – In My Bed Dru Hill – Never Make A Promise Dru Hill – Tell Me Dru Hill – These Are The Times Evan And Jaron – Crazy For This Girl Foxy Brown – Get Me Home Hanson – A Minute Without You Hanson – I Will Come To You Hanson – MMMBop Hanson – Speechless Hanson – This Time Around Hanson – Where’s The Love Imajin – Shorty (You Keep Playin’ With My Mind) Immature – Never Lie Immature – Please Don’t Go Immature – Watch Me Do My Thing Immature – We Got It Jackson 5 – ABC Jackson 5 – I Want You Back Jackson 5 – I’ll Be There Jackson 5 – Never Can Say Goodbye Jackson 5 – The Love You Save Jackson 5 – Who’s Loving You Jodeci – Come And Talk To Me Remix Jodeci – Cry For You Jodeci – Freek’n You Jodeci – Lately Jonas Brothers – S.O.S. LFO – Every Other Time LFO – Summer Girls Lifehouse – Hanging By A Moment Lyte Funkie Ones – Girl On TV Lyte Funkie Ones – Summer Girls Menudo – Hold Me N Sync – (God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time On You N Sync – Bye Bye Bye N Sync – Digital Get Down N Sync – For The Girl Who Has Everything N Sync – Giddy Up N Sync – Girlfriend N Sync – Gone N Sync – Here We Go N Sync – I Just Wanna Be With You N Sync – I Thought She Knew N Sync – I Want You Back N Sync – I’ll Be Good For You N Sync – It Makes Me Ill N Sync – It’s Gonna Be Me N Sync – No Strings Attached N Sync – Tearin’ Up My Heart N Sync – That’s When I’ll Stop Loving You N Sync – Thinking Of You (I Drive Myself Crazy) N Sync – This I Promise You N Sync – Up Against The Wall New Edition – Cool It Now New Edition – I’m Still In Love With You New Edition – If It Isn’t Love New Edition – Popcorn Love New Kids On The Block – Hangin’ Tough New Kids On The Block – Step By Step New Kids On The Block – You Got It (The Right Stuff) No Authority – Can I Get Your Number – A Girl Like One Direction – Beggin On Your Knees One Direction – Best Song Ever One Direction – Just Can’t Let Her Go One Direction – Kiss You One Direction – Live While We’re Young One Direction – One Direction – Little Things One Direction – One Thing One Direction – One Thing One Direction – One Way Or Another One Direction – Over Again One Direction – Up All Night One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful O-Town – All Or Nothing Savage Garden – Crash And Burn Savage Garden – I Knew I Loved You Savage Garden – I Want You Savage Garden – Truly Madly Deeply Soul For Real – Candy Rain Soul For Real – Every Little Thing I Do SoulDecision – Faded Take That – Back For Good – Radio Mix Take That – How Deep Is Your Love Take That – Promises Take That – Relight My Fire Take That – When We Were Young The Monkees – Al Little bit of me The Monkees – Daydream Believer The Monkees – I’m A Believer The Monkees – Last Train To Clarksville The Monkees – Mary, Mary The Monkees – Pleasant Valley Sunday The Monkees – Stepping Stone The Monkees – Valleri The Osmonds – Double Lovin’ The Osmonds – Go Away Little Girl The Osmonds – Hey Girl The Osmonds – I Knew You When The Osmonds – One Bad Apple The Osmonds – Puppy Love” The Osmonds – Sweet and Innocent The Osmonds – Yo-Yo The Wanted – Glad You Came Voices of Theory – Say It Westlife – My Love
We at www.TheDJservice.com hope you enjoyed this horrible Top 150 Boyband music playlist of all time! (I personally hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I hated creating it.)
Planning an Island theme party? Come Sail Away with Me! Here are some song selections I was thinking…
ISLAND THEME COCKTAIL HOUR MUSIC LIST
The Tide Is High – Blondie
Toes, Island Song — Zac Brown Band
Escape (Pina Colada Song) – Rupert Homes
Pontoon – Little Big Town
Bad Day At the Beach — Jim Hoehn
Margaritaville, A Pirate Looks At, Havana Daydreamin, Trying to Reason With Hurricane Season, Volcano, Sunshine In the Music , Knees Of My Heart, Tin Cup Chalice — Jimmy Buffett
Coconut Telegraph — Jimmy Buffett
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
Somewhere over the Rainbow – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems — Kenny Chesney
When the Sun Goes Down — Kenny Chesney, Uncle Kracker
Soak Up the Sun – Sheryl Crow
Follow Me — Uncle Kracker
Here I Am (Come and Take Me) – UB40
Higher Ground – UB40
Cinnamon Bay — Gene Mitchell
Tropical Island — Adam Green
Kokomo — Adam Green, Ben Kweller
Kokomo – The Beach Boys
(Put The Lime In The) Coconut — The Hit Crew
Girl From Ipanema — Getz/Gilberto
Broken, Good People, Banana Pancakes – Jack Johnson
Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
Buffalo Soldier, Redemption Song, Is This Love, One Love, No Woman No Cry, Get up Stand Up, etc… – Bob Marley
Diamonds on the Soles of Her Feet – Paul Simon
Dodo – dave matthews
Dreamgirl – Dave Matthews Band
Flake – Jack Johnson
Girls In Their Summer Clothes – Bruce Springsteen
Good Situation -UB40
Graceland – Paul Simon
I Can See Clearly Now – Jimmy Cliff
Into The Mystic – Van Morrison
Keep On Movin’ – Bob Marley & The Wailers
Leaving on a Jet Plane – Peter, Paul and Mary
Me and Julio Down By the School Yard – Paul Simon
Missing Pieces – O.A.R.
No Woman, No Cry — Club Trini (vocals: Jimmy Buffett)
Rude – Magic!
Reggae Vibes – Shaggy
(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay – Dennis Brown
Sundown – Gordon Lightfoot
Three Little Birds – Bob Marley
Tomorrow People – Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers
Wild World – Maxi Priest
You Can Get It If You Really Want – Jimmy Cliff
Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong – Spin Doctors
Sunday Morning and Beautiful Goodbye – Maroon Five
The sound of sunshine – Michael Franti & Spearhead
Bill Withers – Lovely Day
Down Under – Men At Work
Hey Hey Hey – Michael Franti & Spearhead
What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
Don’t worry, Be happy – Bobby Mcferrin
If you are planning a wedding in Albany, Troy, Schenectady, Saratoga Springs or anywhere else in the world, I’m sure you have already figured out that there millions of components to think about. The catering service, the venue location, the food selections / menu, the DJ, the cocktail hour, the clothing, the decoration, the centerpieces, the flower arrangements, the bouquet, the favors, did I forget something? Wait! Wait!! Have you even stopped to think about the ceremony yet?
The selection for the music for your wedding ceremony is always a tough task. My customers from Albany, NY to Saratoga Springs come to me all the time and say, “Kenny! Where do I start? I don’t know what any of that music is called or when it even happens!” It’s actually not so difficult. Hang on to you garter… here is a crash course Cliff Notes edition to wedding ceremony layouts for dummies:
Music for your wedding ceremony is important. This part of the day is the serious time set aside where the bride and groom express their feelings for one another and exchange their vows. That means, all in all, the ceremony is the time set aside for the mushy stuff. Therefore, you probably want to think about slower classical wedding music, new age, or very slow classic rock or pop ballads.
No matter how you look at, there are a few stages to a wedding ceremony, before the bride and groom say I do:
PRELUDE – There should be about four or five songs played as a prelude when the guests are seated. These can be anything, but keep in mind, these selections set the atmosphere for the guests. If you have no music playing, it feels more like a funeral than a wedding, so the prelude is important! The actual song selections should be light and elegant, modern or traditional to your liking.
PROCESSIONAL – The groomsmen and the groom usually move to the front from the side. They do not walk down the aisle, This signifies that the ceremony is about to formally begin. There are two songs during the processional: one song is chosen for when the bridesmaids enter, and the other song is to be the most dramatic choice, selected for play when the bride walks down the aisle.
RECESSIONAL – One last song is played after the kiss for the bride and groom to walk back up the aisle to. Think happy! The music played in the recessional, should symbolize the happiness of the couple’s new life together.
If you are like many, you probably want the traditional classic wedding music, but have NO CLUE what the songs are called. Here is my playlist when I am told to play the traditional favorites:
EXTRA SELECTIONS – There can be additional specialized songs selecte at different points in the ceremony, depending on the actual ceremony itself. Sometimes a special song can be played during or after the exchanging the rings and vows, and the lighting a unity candle.
RESTRICTIONS – Some churches have rules about wedding songs used during your ceremony so be sure to ask your clergy person or officiant! Remember, if you are non-traditional, you might get a kick out of white wedding, but your reverend may very well not be a Billy Idol fan.
There is a growing trend to get away from the traditional classic music. However, it is recommended that you shy away from anything upbeat. Adding too much craziness to the ceremony is not recommended, because it takes away from the seriousness of the union at hand.
For your wedding ceremony, your music selections should all probably still be softer and with a slower tempo. However, that doesn’t mean you have do the same thing everyone does.You can totally customize the song selection to fit your taste. There is plenty of good music out there that may be better suited for you than classical music. One of the most moving bridal marches I have seen was set to Enya’s “Only Time.” However, the most memorable one was last summer, when I had a bride who walked down the aisle to Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire,” so go figure.
Classical music versions of rock music for your wedding
This article is a list of rock and pop songs that would be great for your wedding ceremony. A fresh way to to add a little rock to your ceremony without changing the serious atmosphere that you would like to set is to play some classical and acoustic versions of songs that people may already recognize. In doing so, your guests enjoy the classical version of the cover song, but you keep the mood desired for the serious moment at hand.
Wedding Ceremony Song Artist Idea List
Apocalyptica (Mostly Classical Versions of Metallica)
Vitamin String Orchestra
Philadelphia String Quartet
Penguin Cafe Orchestra
The Arditti Quartet & of yesteryear, .
The Section Quartet (Fuzzbox and other pop.rock covers by Coldplay etc)
Vitamin String Quartet Wedding Ceremony Song List
Pretty much every track released by the Vitamin String Quartet could turn out to be a really good choice for music at your wedding ceremony. However, here are some standout choices for wedding ceremony music that come to mind by the Vitamin String Quartet.
“A Moment Like This” (originally by Kelly Clarkson)
“Because You Loved Me” (originally by Celine Dion)
“Breathe” (originally by Faith Hill)
“Candle in the Wind” (originally by Elton John)
“Dare You to Move” (originally by Switchfoot)
“Fallin'” (originally by Alicia Keys)
“Fireflies” (originally by Owl City)
“Head Over Feet” (originally by Alanis Morissette)
“Hero” (originally by Mariah Carey)
“Hey There, Delilah” (originally by Plain White T’s)
“I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” (originally by Aerosmith)
“I Wanna Love You Forever” (originally by Jessica Simpson)
“I’ll Be There” (originally by Mariah Carey)
“In My Place” (originally by Coldplay)
“In Your Eyes” (originally by Peter Gabriel)
“Love Story” (originally by Taylor Swift)
“My All” (originally by Mariah Carey)
“My Heart Will Go On” (originally by Celine Dion)
“She Will Be Loved” (originally by Maroon 5)
“Standing Still” (originally by Jewel)
“Sweet Surrender” (originally by Sarah McLachlan)
“Take My Breath Away” (originally by Jessica Simspon)
“The Only Time” (originally by Enya)
“This Kiss” (originally by Faith Hill)
“Wait For You” (originally by Elliot Yamin)
“When You Believe” (originally by Mariah Carey)
“Where You Are” (originally by Jessica Simpson)
This article is a list of acoustic songs that would be great for your wedding ceremony or reception (for dinner or first dance.) A great way to to add a little class to your wedding is to play some acousic versions of songs that people may already recognize. This way, they enjoy the different version, but you keep the atmosphere that you are trying to set for the moment.
The right selection of an acoustic cover song can satisfy the musical tastes of both young and old. I new pop song can be stripped down by Daughtry, and played on an acoustic guitar. Then, the next thing you know, some of your older guests may be tapping their foot along to a song written by Lady GaGa. (Check out Daughtry’s Poker Face.)
I have also plugged them before here, but I really like Boyce Avenue. They take new pop songs, and some classics that everybody love, and turn them into great cover tune acoustic versions. Here is a list of some acoustic music that you may want to use for your wedding:
ACOUSTIC WEDDING SONG LIST
Ani Difranco – Wishin’ and Hopin’
Alanis Morissette – King Of Pain
Bruce LAsh – Lithium
Boyce Avenue – ANYTHING YOU CAN FIND!!! (Suggestions, Teenage Dream, Disturbia, We are Young, Umbrella, Firework, Grenade)
Cat Power – Sea of Love
Cat Power – (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
Daughtry – Poker Face (Lady Gaga)
David Cook – Billie Jean
Fridav Hertzen – Run This Town (Jay-Z, Rihanna)
Israel Kamakawiwo’ole – Somewhere over the Rainbow
Jamie Cullum – Please Don’t Stop the Music
Jeff Buckley – Hallelujah
John Mayer – Free Falling
Johnny Cash – Hurt
Kay Pettigrew – The Fresh Prince of Bel Air (Will Smith)
Kings Off Cash – A Little Less Conversation
Mat Weddle – He ya
Megan Nicole – The Cave
My Midnight Mind – Ride Wit Me (Nelly)
Obadiah Parker – Hey Ya
Ray LaMontagne – Crazy
The Kooks – Pumped Up Kicks
Tyler Ward – Teenage Dream
Tyler Ward – E.T.
Walk off the Earth – Somebody That I Used to Know
Feel free to reproduce this list and/or article as you may, with credit to DJ Kenny Casanova and www.thedjservice.com.
CLASSICAL COVER TUNES –
Another interesting option could be to play some Vitamin String Quartet who actually take modern music, and turn it into beautiful classical arrangements. Check out our other list at HERE